Taylor Carpenter, '16
This post was first published on November 7, 2016.
Taylor Carpenter, ’16, transferred to Muskingum University after earning her Associate’s degree in accounting from Zane State College. She will graduate in December, after spending just three semesters on campus to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Public Accounting – a 150-hour program.
Taylor spent this past summer interning in the State Auditor’s office. Her advisor, Professor Martin Brady, and another faculty member, Professor Joe Wilson, encouraged her to apply even though she hadn’t yet taken auditing courses. She did so, and was accepted to the program. She worked 40 hours a week auditing townships, villages and counties.
At the end of her summer internship, Taylor was asked if she would like to continue her internship through the fall. Even though she is carrying 18 credit hours, she accepted. When she returned to the internship after the start of fall semester classes, Taylor was offered a full-time position in the office upon graduating this December. (She gladly accepted!)
In addition to working, taking a full load of classes, and commuting to campus, Taylor is also raising her two-year-old daughter, who was born when she was a student at Zane State.
“I didn't think that doing school and work and raising my daughter would all be possible but Muskingum has really changed my outlook on life,” Taylor says. “Before I would have been too afraid to take on such chaos but now I feel unstoppable. This school has given me more drive than I ever dreamed of.”
Taylor adds, “I am most thankful for the staff at Muskingum. I feel connected on a personal level to each of my professors, and that is not something you can get at just any school. They truly care about your well-being at MU. They often ask how work is going, how my daughter is, and always ask how I am. They're friends and companions more than anything. That speaks volumes about the community Muskingum has built and I thank the Lord for putting me on this path and bringing MU into my life.”